Tuesday, January 22, 2013
So I am admittedly a fan of Tyler Perry and his shows, and also David and Tamela Mann. (They are an AWESOME power-couple!) I especially like "Meet the Browns." I was watching it last night, and it was an episode where Cora was trying really hard to lose weight so she could fit into a gorgeous dress for a special occasion. At one point, she was really depressed because after all her hard work, she still couldn't quite fit into it, and broke down and ate a BOX of chocolate bars. She was totally beating herself up, like I do from time to time, and she is a good actress so I completely felt her pain. Sasha, who is slender and fit, was trying to encourage her, but being a woman of size, Cora didn't want to hear anything that Sasha had to say. She stomped off in a fit of frustration, and Sasha followed her and told her of how she gained a "Freshman 50" in college instead of the "Freshman 15." Then she said something that just really resonated with me. I've said it to other people, but you know how hard it can be to take our own really good advice.
Aim for progress...not perfection.
Not a single one of us is perfect. We are going to have a bad day or even a bad week, every now and again, because we are human and we will NEVER, ever be perfect. We need to forgive ourselves for being imperfect and work on being better. Better most of the time. Better than we once were.
So, even though I ate too much more days than not, at least they were healthier choices than I used to dive for. I still exercised five days last week. I overate yesterday, too. Not as bad as I used to. That's progress. I've done better, but I've also done worse.
I crave fresh fruits and vegetables. PROGRESS! I can't remember the last time I wanted a donut or chocolate bar. Seeing a commercial for a local donut shop's "new canole donut" and it actually turned my stomach. TURNED MY STOMACH. Same with watching the commercial for the new "carmelized onion cheeseburger from McDonald's on the dollar menu"...Uck. I love carmelized onions, but blech...That bread in and of itself just looked gross to me. PROGRESS.
Progress. I am making progress. Not focused on where I've been but how far I've come.
Oh. And of course, where I am going.